But now that everyone is scrambling to deny it, we know now that it's true:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper yesterday accused the Liberal Party of an anti-Israeli bias, charging that Michael Ignatieff's comment that Israel committed a war crime against Lebanon this summer reflects the leanings of most Liberal leadership candidates.
All the major contenders for the Liberal leadership quickly criticized Mr. Harper for lobbing "insults" and "lies." Beyond the anti-Conservative solidarity, murmurs were growing within the party about whether Mr. Ignatieff's style might prove a liability if he leads the Liberals in an election.
"This is consistent with the anti-Israeli position that has been taken by virtually all of the candidates for the Liberal leadership," the Prime Minister said about Mr. Ignatieff's remarks that an Israeli strike on the Lebanese village of Qana that killed 28 civilians was a war crime. "I don't think it's helpful or useful."
A visibly angry Bob Rae, noting that his wife and children are Jewish, said he has been associated with the Jewish community his entire life and likened Mr. Harper's comments to accusing an opponent of being anti-Catholic. He said it is dangerous "to suggest there is a pro-Israel party in Canada and an anti-Israel party in Canada."
"It's untrue. It's a big lie. It's a big smear. And it isn't going to work on me. And if he thinks he can get away with it, he's sadly mistaken," Mr. Rae said.
Ah, Bob, isn't that just a new spin on the old "some of my best friends are Jewish" line?
Continue reading further sputterings of outrage here.
One question that hasn't been raised in all this mess is whether the increasingly anti-Israeli, if not anti-Jewish, sentiments in the Liberal Party might have to do with the Grits' own dependence on manipulating ethnic blocs; specifically, whether they've become so beholden to the Muslim vote in the big cities that they have to throw their Jewish supporters overboard.
They can read demographics as well as anyone: Muslims overtook Jews in the 2001 decennial census for the first time in Canada, and their numbers continue to grow.
And maybe Michael Ignatieff's comments were geared not just towards nailing down his vulnerable left flank, but also proving his academic bona fides in case he loses and needs to bolt back to Harvard.